Republican Charles Djou has breached the Democrats bastion by winning the special election in Hawaii’s First Congressional District – the Honolulu district where President Obama grew up. Djou became only the third Republican to win from Hawaii.
Charles Djou’s victory in the heavily Democratic district is seen as a welcome political reversal for the GOP. In 2008, Obama won from here securing 70 percent of the vote, and no Republican had come from Hawaii in the last 20 years.
The victory also snapped a winning streak for Democrats, who had emerged victorious in seven consecutive special elections for Congress. The Democrats havd won two races in upstate New York and one in Pennsylvania.
“The congressional seat is not owned by one political party. This congressional seat is owned by the people,” said Djou, who is a member of the Honolulu City Council. “The voters gave us a short-term lease with an option to buy in November,” Djou said, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.